Msg#: 1397 posted 10:27 pm on Mar 30, 2006 (gmt 0)
I say UK links is 'proven' as I've done several tests using everything 'wrong' apart from UK links and seen the sites appear on 'sites from the UK'.
.com or other GTLD American spelling Hosted in US or Europe (not UK) Whois data set to US or Finland No contact details on the site Never visited by me with Google Toolbar enabled Not search for until at the end of the experiment so no trail can be made to the true owner No links from own sites
Even with all of the above you can force a UK listing by getting a sufficiently high proportion of UK links.
It may not be proven to be 100% effective but I'm happy to state that it's definitely a big factor in determining geography.
*** These tests are now just over a year old but I see no changes that suggest things have shifted significantly ***
Msg#: 1397 posted 11:03 am on Mar 31, 2006 (gmt 0)
As we run UK specific sites (and there is no value in US visitors for the particular sites) I can't say from personal experience if either of your suggestions would help.
Buying the .co.uk and doing a 301 re-direct wouldn't harm (even from the same host in the US).
If you make your site less US orientated and more UK focused (in the eyes of Google) I expect that you may indeed loose some ranking on Google.com. It's all down to where your biggest market is, if you serve the US and are doing well why change? If the UK is a smaller market for you but would be easier to penetrate then that may make your mind up. Good luck.
Msg#: 1397 posted 11:13 am on Mar 31, 2006 (gmt 0)
With Google, the apparent IP is the key. The prime factor is a site hosted with a UK IP will be seen by Google as UK site. The fact it's a .com, or a .co.uk doesn't play a major part.
Unfortunately, it's not 100% guaranteed that hosting alone is the answer as I've seen examples where the whois for the domain registration shows up as a US registrar and the hosting is with a UK IP. Google saw this as a US-based site.
what if i get a site with two dublicate frames one hosted in the UK the Other in the USA.now to avoid Rank penalties by google i will have two different content for each one. so basicly i will have the exact design, photos and product but different writing content. would that work